SNMMI Publishes Updated Procedure Standard on GI Bleeding Scintigraphy

December 4, 2014

SNMMI has published an updated procedure standard, the SNMMI Procedure Standard/EANM Practice Guideline for Gastrointestinal Bleeding Scintigraphy 2.0. It is available both on SNMMI's website—in the Quality & Practice section under "Guidance" then "Procedure Standards"—and in the December issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.

As of February 2014, SNMMI guidelines are referred to as "procedure standards." This change was initiated in an effort to better reflect the terminology being used by external organizations. Any previous practice guideline or procedure guideline that describes how to perform a procedure is now considered an SNMMI procedure standard.

Procedure standards help to identify those elements of the procedure that are most important in obtaining a high-quality examination—while simultaneously controlling costs. Use of such standards will increase the applicability of clinical research among multiple institutions, in turn increasing the value of research studies, particularly in the field of technology assessment. In the interest of creating strong, comprehensive documents, some standards have been formally adopted by SNMMI in collaboration with other professional organizations—as this gastrointestinal bleeding standard was developed with EANM.

If you have specific comments or questions on the content of any of the standards, or if you have suggestions for new standards that you feel should be written, please contact the SNMMI Committee on Procedure Standards at hpra@snmmi.org. All comments will be considered in the procedure standards development process.